One Simple Thing That Ignited a Love of Writing in Our Homeschool

Up until last week, my daughter disliked writing. Perhaps dislike is not a strong enough word. Writing was right up there with skinned knees and red sauce on her spaghetti. It pained me because writing is what I love the most, next to Jesus, my family, coffee and my hidden stash of chocolate (the one … Continue reading One Simple Thing That Ignited a Love of Writing in Our Homeschool

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Spreading the Feast: Nourishing Your Homeschooler’s Body and Soul

“We spread an abundant and delicate feast in the programs and each small guest assimilates what he can.” (Charlotte Mason) When talking about home education, homeschoolers with a Charlotte Mason leaning often use the term "spreading the feast". We read poetry and beautiful stories. We study art and listen to wonderful music. We read living … Continue reading Spreading the Feast: Nourishing Your Homeschooler’s Body and Soul

Homeschooling Through Difficult Circumstances: When Life Happens and School Doesn’t

Perhaps it's because of illness. Perhaps it's because of grief. Perhaps it's because of a happier event like a new baby or a vacation or a big renovation. Whatever the case, there are times when school just doesn't happen. And you know what? That's okay. Sometimes, life happens and school doesn't. Sometimes, there are more … Continue reading Homeschooling Through Difficult Circumstances: When Life Happens and School Doesn’t

History Adventures: A Victorian Christmas

The decorations are down and Christmas is over, but I wanted to take some time to share a little bit about our Victorian Christmas. When I planned out our modern history studies for the year, I was excited to see that our unit on the Victorian era fell near Christmastime. Many of our modern-day Christmas … Continue reading History Adventures: A Victorian Christmas

Homeschool Lessons that Cultivate Attention (Thoughts on Charlotte Mason’s “Home Education” – Part 3)

I want to preface this by saying that I'm not a homeschool philosophy expert. I'm not someone who has pored over volumes of educational methods. I'm not someone who religiously follows one specific way of doing things. But as I've been reading Charlotte Mason's Home Education for my homeschool book club, much of what she … Continue reading Homeschool Lessons that Cultivate Attention (Thoughts on Charlotte Mason’s “Home Education” – Part 3)

Charlotte Mason and Habit Training (Thoughts on “Home Education” – Part 2)

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." ~Aristotle This year, we're reading Home Education in our homeschool group. Home … Continue reading Charlotte Mason and Habit Training (Thoughts on “Home Education” – Part 2)